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« on: October 09, 2018, 02:43:42 am »
I've enjoyed My Hero Academia quite a bit. I had two friends recommend the series to me within the last couple of months. I also helped out at a graphic novel booth part time at the Chicago Comic Con in August and the My Hero Academia volumes were very popular. MHA does have a focus of the training academy plus there is a tournament or two mixed in, but they are done in a pretty interesting way and the tournament doesn't drag on as many tend to do. There is also a mentoring aspect involved with the main character being mentored by the hero who gave him his powers. Students at the academy also end up interning at superhero agencies. All in all, I would give the series 8/10 and I think it is worth checking out.
There are actually two spinoff series. Vigilantes is the first one and it focuses on several people who hunt down bad guys and do other good deeds while outside the law since they are not licensed heroes. It crosses over with the main series tangentially, but can be read on its own. I've enjoyed the first two volumes as much as the main series. The second spinoff is due in the U.S. next spring.
I haven't read One Punch Man yet, though I do have a copy of the first volume and plan to give it a try.
If you do give Black Butler a try, let me know what you think.
Thanks, rusty! I was actually thinking I might start with the MHA Vigilantes spinoff because it would be easier to catch up on that one sooner, then proceed back to the main series, if I liked the spinoff well enough. I'll definitely do that now.
« on: October 06, 2018, 01:16:31 am »
I finished up My Hero Academia 13-15 and My Hero Academia Vigilantes 1-2 earlier this week. It is a fun series where just about everybody has a superpower (called a quirk), though only some are licensed to use them.
How would you rate those on a scale of 1 to 10? I remember reading one of those FCBD preview books of MHA, back when it had just come out from Viz. My thoughts at the time were that it seemed like a definite reaction to the breakout popularity of One-Punch Man
(which began as a webmanga in 2009, and was then remade as a print manga in 2012, a couple of years prior to MHA's debut). I mean that MHA seemed to follow a similar general pattern as far as how its superhero universe was set up (as opposed to most superhero manga, which tend to either follow the Japanese model of the 'henshin hero' genre, or the American superhero model, or some combination of the two). One-Punch Man has nothing to do with the 'hero high'-type training academy trope, but that could easily have been influenced by a lot of earlier things (including the original X-Men, New Mutants, Avengers Academy
, or movies like Disney's 2005 film Sky High
). The FCBD preview floppy comic was enough to give me the general premise of how the universe worked, but I didn't like the art style (which reminded me a little of Yu-Gi-Oh
) anywhere near as much as One-Punch Man, and the FCBD preview comic didn't have nearly enough pages to get a true flavor of it, so I kind of just shrugged MHA off as a One-Punch Man bandwagon jumper, I guess. I never imagined that it would become as successful as it seems to have (and if it gets both an anime adaptation AND a spinoff manga series so soon, it must be pretty popular; then again, I don't always tend to like what's most popular in anime/manga).Black Butler
sounds interesting too, so I'll probably check out the first volume of that, if it's still easy to order a copy through Diamond.
« on: July 11, 2018, 09:27:29 am »
I've also been reading a few manga:One Punch Man is a series that I've heard mentioned a lot and will probably try out eventually. What do you think of it?
ONE-PUNCH MAN VOL 14: THE DEPTHS OF DESPAIR (tankobon) by ONE & Yusuke Murata
BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: DELUXE EDITION HC VOL 04 (of 5) by Yukito Kishiro
I love Battle Angel Alita. I first collected it in regular comics and continued as they switched to the volume format. I wasn't going to get the deluxe editions, but when I saw how nice they were, I went ahead and bought them even though I have the earlier editions. I'm behind on reading Mars Chronicle, but will get to those eventually.
I somehow completely missed out on Battle Angel Alita
the first time around. I mean, I was aware that it existed, because I'd seen it around here and there, but for whatever reason, I'd just never picked it up and given it a try. Now after I'd read the first couple of hardcover volumes, I liked it so much that I went and ordered all five omnibus editions of Battle Angel Alita: The Last Order
, and have been getting the Mars Chronicle tankobon volumes as they've come out. I've held off on reading the latter two series for reasons of not wanting any spoilers revealed until I've read the last volume of the hardcover collection of the original series. Kodansha will also be releasing a standalone Battle Angel Alita: Homecoming
volume in hardcover that collects some shorter, self-contained stories set during the same time frame as the original series (there's a Halloween Comic Fest giveaway comic scheduled to preview that).
The spoiler thing kind of bugs me, because Seven Seas Entertainment completely spoiled the original Devilman for me by releasing two later series in translation earlier, Devilman G
(which is a modern retelling with some differences) and Devilman vs Hades
(a fairly recent sequel to the original Devilman which also crosses over with characters from Mazinger Z). Since I'd just been reading those as they came out in overlapped releases, the first volume of Devilman vs Hades completely ruins a couple of major plot reveals from the ending of Devilman: The Classic Collection
(the second volume of which hasn't come out yet in translation from Seven Seas).
ONE-PUNCH MAN is just amazing! I mean, on the surface it just seems like a bunch of fights and hyperviolence, but it's got humor and even some deeper commentary on what it means to be a hero. Saitama is the one-punch man of the title. He's a short, bald-headed guy whose slightly-built physique and blank expression leads everyone to overlook him and underestimate him, but somehow Saitama possesses the power to defeat any opponent with a single punch. It's mostly over so quickly that any witnesses don't even realize what happened or how. So what Saitama really wants to do is be a hero for fun, helping people while he seeks an adversary that can give him a challenge and won't be defeated so easily. To do this, he joins up with the Heroes Association, a kind of national infrastructure for superheroes, to facilitate dispatching heroes to the scene of emergencies. Since his power isn't really measured easily, and is over with in the time it takes for him to deliver a single punch, people tend not to believe what they've seen (or are distracted by something else, not realizing what exactly happened); Saitama starts out as a lowly-rated Class C hero. Genos, a teenage cyborg hero who is rated as Class S (that's above Class A, by the way) is one of the few that sees Saitama in action and believes. Since Genos is an earnest young hero he immediately begs Saitama to become his sensei and train him. We are also introduced to many other heroes in the ranks of the Heroes Association. Some are not really heroes at all, but are out for their own personal celebrity or glory, or are just feeding their own inflated egos every time they defeat an opponent in combat. Monsters are also rated by their threat levels - Threat Level Dragon is more dangerous than Threat Level Tiger. It later turns out that there is also a Monsters Association to support the monsters, and things really get interesting.
« on: February 18, 2018, 07:44:11 pm »
Sounds like a printing error. I checked my copy of #286 and assume that you are talking about the Ski the World story. In my digest, Page 10 is on the back of Page 9 and then the story ends on Page 11 with a little END box in the last panel. The back of that page starts The Andrews Family Tree story.
I'll have to read again. I didn't see page 10 or 11.....
« on: February 15, 2018, 07:14:21 pm »
Interesting to read everyone's guesses as to how many comics they have collected or accumulated. I am fortunate to have somehow hung on to the majority of comics I collected in my younger days. At different times I had different interests, but 90% of my books are golden and silver age. I've thinned the herd of more recent books in the last decade, but also managed to add others from eras. Recently completed my run of Tarzan from the Dell Four Color books through the Gold Key books. I miss the hunt looking the last few pieces in that collection. Right now my most fun is in Golden Age Archie...great art...wonderful covers and generally entertaining stories. All together I have roughly around 5000 books, but never seem to get around to doing a good inventory. Probably explains why I end up with duplicates every too often.
« on: February 15, 2018, 04:15:37 pm »
I track my reading on Goodreads. I've read over 800 comics (I include manga, graphic novels, and picture books in that category) since I rediscovered comics in the summer of 2015. They have most comics but not really the old stuff (ie Romance comics from the 60s and 70s). It seems like a lot but I don't read that often. One of my goals this year is to read more than 10 novels (books without pictures).
« on: February 10, 2018, 08:18:38 pm »
I'm very curious to know how my comic book collection compares to all of yours.
As a junior in high school I have at least 1,586 comics (at last count, which was back in August, so I know that I have passed this) Majority are Archie and I think less than 100 aren't. (I have some Marvel, Dc, Image, Dark horse, and Harvey comics, and the only other series' that I buy with every new issue is Snotgirl and Die Kitty Die. I also have been getting the free comic book day comics for the past 3 or 4 years)
I'm not expecting you to know how many you have (The only reason I know is because I re-bagged and boarded each one over the summer, and decided I might as well count my digests as well.) but I assume you have at least a guess. I've been collecting comics for 7 years now, and I'm curious to see how I compare.
So basically how many comics do you think you own, and how many of those are Archie?
Bonus question what is your favorite or most rare one?
My favorite is Betty and Veronica double digest #186 because it was the 1st Archie comic I've ever read.
« on: January 12, 2018, 06:53:25 am »
Finally got my Die Kitty Die Kickstarter commission!! Love it!
« on: August 22, 2017, 03:36:12 pm »
If you like superhero type stuff, have you watched Moldiver? Tiger and Bunny reminded me a bit of Moldiver which had a 6 episode OVA run back in the early 1990s. I enjoyed the series and it is one of the few anime series that I've watched.
I'd heard the title, but didn't know anything about it. From what I just read on Wikipedia about it, it's more of a comedy/magical girl kind of thing, which probably explains why I hadn't caught it before. Up to recently I hadn't read/watched much of any comedy manga/anime. I pretty much stuck to shonen/seinin manga & anime of the action/adventure/SF type.
Because the PixieTrix webcomics were more or less my introduction to some manga & anime comedy genre tropes, I've been experimenting trying a few things, and found a couple that I like: Dragons Rioting
(a self-described 'battle manga' and sex comedy), and Nurse Hitomi's Monster Infirmary
(a rather more gentle high school comedy about a cyclops nurse at a school full of monsters, that compares somewhat with Eerie Cuties or Monster High, with some PG sexual humor). I still tend to remain picky about stuff (tried the popular Monster Musume
manga, but it didn't really do anything for me), and art styles especially.
Now that I'm a little more familiar with the magical girl genre (into which I guess I could also place Go Nagai's Cutie Honey
), and I see by checking that Moldiver is available on YouTube, I'll check it out.
« on: July 29, 2017, 08:51:09 pm »
I actually don't read any webcomics at this time, though I'd heard of GPF. I have purchased a few kickstarter collections of webcomics such as The Meek, Sorcery 101 and Widdershins.
I did buy the Batman '66/Legion comic, but haven't read it yet. That will be part of the catch up with comics that have come in over the past couple of weeks. I usually get caught up with comics shortly before going back to school. I also have a ton of manga volumes and graphic novels/trades that I"m way behind on and won't be caught up on any time soon.
Yes, thank you for providing the GPF link as well. I'm just now getting here.....
« on: July 26, 2017, 07:48:44 pm »
My purchases for the week:
ACTION COMICS #984
ALL STAR BATMAN #12
BATMAN BEYOND #10
BATMAN THE SHADOW #4
BLUE BEETLE #11
DETECTIVE COMICS #961
DOOM PATROL #7
HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #25
JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #11
KAMANDI CHALLENGE #7
LOONEY TUNES #238
MOTHER PANIC #9
SCOOBY DOO TEAM UP #28
SUICIDE SQUAD #22
TEEN TITANS #10
WONDER WOMAN #27
BEN REILLY SCARLET SPIDER #5
STAR WARS DOCTOR APHRA #10
KID SHERLOCK #2
ROUGH RIDERS RIDERS ON THE STORM #5
ARCHIE YOUR PAL ARCHIE #1
ARCHIE 75TH ANNIV DIGEST #12
BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #255
BPRD DEVIL YOU KNOW #1
CONAN THE SLAYER #11
JOE GOLEM OCCULT DETECTIVE OUTER DARK #3
MASS EFFECT DISCOVERY #3
REBELS THESE FREE & INDEPENDENT STATES #5
NANCY DREW HARDY BOYS #5
PATHFINDER RUNESCARS #3
BACK TO THE FUTURE BIFF TO THE FUTURE #6
STAR TREK BOLDLY GO #10
DOCTOR WHO 10TH YEAR THREE #7
DOCTOR WHO 11TH YEAR THREE #7
DOCTOR WHO 9TH #14
FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #1
X-O MANOWAR #5
DIE KITTY DIE HOLLYWOOD OR BUST SUMMER SPECIAL #1
SOLAR FLARE #4
USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA LEGENDS LTD ED HC
ANONYMOUS NOISE GN VOL 03
HAIKYU GN VOL 13
NISEKOI FALSE LOVE GN VOL 22
QUEEN EMERALDAS HC GN VOL 02
RIN-NE GN VOL 24
UQ HOLDER GN VOL 11
WORLD TRIGGER GN VOL 16
TMNT USAGI YOJIMBO waiting for the hardcover
Yay manga. I've been reading tons of that lately.
« on: July 14, 2017, 10:32:03 pm »
Lion...super good movie on Netflix
« on: July 14, 2017, 06:49:50 am »
Finding time to read all of this is the biggest problem. I may eventually cut back, but figure there will be time to read everything when I retire if necessary.
That IS the problem. If you don't read them "hot off the press" the week they're released, I'm forced to wonder what's the point of accumulating floppy comics. I constantly see 90% of the floppy comics I bought just a few years ago when rifling through the 50 cent bins. Oh, they're still worth reading if you're interested in them, but it does beg the question of the reason
people are collecting comic books in that format -- other than the weight of 50+ years of comic book readers for whom there was essentially no other choice available. Since we now are living in a time when we're disabused of the notion that collecting new comic books is an "investment", aren't we really only saving them so we can re-read the stories we particularly liked again later? In the meantime, there's vast amounts of energy to be expended on tracking titles and issues to be checked off lists, bagging/boarding, boxing and filing all those floppy comics. And they're so easily damaged by careless handling or storage when not protected by plastic and cardboard collecting supplies. I'm just lazy and I'm trying to cut down on the amount of effort I have to put into the collecting part of my library of comics. These days when I buy a floppy I'm probably buying it as much for the cover art as anything else, as I can always get the story at a later time in paperback or hardcover (or digitally, if that's what I preferred). Sometimes if it's a marginal-selling title I'll buy it just as a show of support for something I really like. Otherwise it's probably a title from one of those small publishers for whom a trade collection isn't guaranteed.
Nowadays comic books from all but the most marginal of publishers are virtually guaranteed to be available either as digital singles, or as trade paperbacks (usually both). So if you're not going to read them first, while they're still fresh, you might as well wait for the trade collection. Most of the current floppy comics I read now are just borrowed (usually on the day they're released, and returned in the same condition I got them within a week, if not the next day). The owner of my LCS is a personal friend.
Less than half of those floppy comics that I read I deem worthy of buying the trade collections of, but between recent stories and older material, I still manage to buy an average of 6 paperback or hardcover comics collections every week. I do have a particular weakness for Archives, Masterworks, Omnibus, Absolute, and other similar deluxe format comics (particularly comics from the 1930s through 1960s), as well as for hardcover newspaper strip collections from IDW's Library of American Comics and Hermes Press. Those hardcover collections tend to appear less frequently on my reading list, because they can sometimes sit for a long time before I get around to reading them. My priority is to read those borrowed floppy comics and return them quickly. Also, it can sometimes take me a long time (depending on how many comics are reprinted in a hardcover collection) to get through them, because I usually have a few different collected editions going at any one time that I sometimes put down for a little while, then read something else, then come back to it later -- sometimes much later. Depends on the nature of what's collected in the book and the overall length, unless it's one LONG story, then I usually try to read the whole thing contiguously. I guess that's one good thing about floppies, you can squeeze in a quick read of the whole comic when you don't have time to sit and read the whole of something lengthier that has 100-500 pages.
« on: July 12, 2017, 11:20:31 pm »
There's one I'm just starting to read: Saga. Man, this is Dark Knight/Watchman level stuff....
« on: July 12, 2017, 05:44:18 pm »
I sometimes wonder if Image isn't actually publishing more titles than DC. Most of them don't come out nearly as often, but they do publish a heck of a lot of titles.
I buy more comics from Image than I do from Marvel. I think that DC and Marvel publish more titles, but Image does have quite a few.
Today (and maybe tomorrow)
Wicked + Divine
I read about the same percentage of the titles Image publishes as I do Marvel and DC's... maybe about 05% of what they're publishing. That's probably true of most of the larger publishers. I think I might read a slightly better percentage of Dark Horse, IDW, Boom, and Oni Press titles, and probably a significantly higher percent of Dynamite titles. Hard to say with Archie, because things keep shifting in the titles being published. I read 6 digests, most classic Archie trade collections (except for the Giant Comics and 1000-pagers), and was reading Jughead until it was cancelled. I'll be reading Your Pal Archie when that comes out.
I'd say the hardest thing with most Image titles is trying to get some idea of what the book's about, just by skimming through one. Frequently the art isn't doing anything to pique my interest, and the covers rarely even attract me to pick one up and flip through it. The ones I've liked I've generally just discovered by accident. Oh, I could easily discover those things about various titles if I wanted to do the work in checking up on each title Image puts out, looking at reviews and so forth, but it's just more effort than I want to make. Many's the first issue I've read that just didn't grab me, so it's got to stand out in some way to get my attention. Then again even if I do make it past the first to a second, third and fourth issue, those titles tend to fall by the wayside pretty easily if something more interesting comes out to get my attention. Most Image titles I wind up reading don't have long runs anyway.
I honestly rarely even pay that much attention to what company is publishing the comic, although I might be more likely to try an otherwise unknown title from Dark Horse or IDW, simply because those companies have proven to be more sympatico with my tastes in the past. I'm more likely to be attracted by specific creators, a novel concept, a predisposition to genre or subject matter, or just artwork I like by a previously-unknown-to-me creator.
More and more my attention focuses on the really smaller publishers, and trade paperbacks or hardcovers, whether original or reprinting stuff recent or older.
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